Joe Don Baker stars as Mongo Nash, a professional gunman and the brother of mob boss Mike Nash (Charles Cioffi). Mongo's brother needs someone killed, so Mongo heads home for Christmas to take care of it. Meanwhile, police lieutenant Pete Tolstad (Telly Savalas) follows Mongo's trail.
Partly filmed along the waterfront of San Pedro, CA, this made-for-TV thriller was based on a novel by E. Richard Johnson, who was then doing time on a robbery-murder charge at Minnesota State Prison. Joe Don Baker met with Johnson in prison, and whilst Johnson approved of both the script and Baker's casting, he admitted that the film didn't stick too close to the book.
E Richard Johnson was released from prison in September 1991, he died in December 1997.
A REAL FILM NOIR IN COLOR, VERY UNDERRATED, WITH TELLY SAVALAS AS A POLICE DETECTIVE SIMILAR TO KOJAK.
VIGOROUS PERFORMANCE BY JOE DON BAKER! ONE OF THE BEST MADE FOR TV MOVIES EVER!